After many months of reading reviews and waiting for software updates I finally purchased a Boxee Box. If you don’t know, Boxee is a HTPC (Home Theater PC) software application. It runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Apple TV. The Boxee Box is a piece of hardware created by D-Link that (obviously) run’s Boxee.
So far it is amazing! My hold out on buying the unit was the fact that they have yet to add Hulu Plus, even though they keep promising it’s coming (just like XBox360). But to be honest, after spending four days with Boxee, I’m not sure Hulu Plus would add much to the experience. Boxee does such a wonderful job of aggregating video content from the web, Hulu Plus is not missed. Add in my recent frustration with Hulu Plus not offering the same shows on “supported devices” as they do on the website, and I’m thankful to be using a product that does not promise one thing and deliver another.
Perhaps the coolest thing that Boxee does is automatically tag and assign art to movies and music in your local library. It’s the “meta-data maid” of content! No longer do I have to spend hours toiling over getting titles right and finding cover art. iTunes could learn something from Boxee!
Boxee is also social! All the videos that my friends post on Facebook or on Twitter automatically shows up on my Boxee for large screen viewing excitement
My only complaint is that Boxee has an issue on the Nickelodeon website knowing the difference between the Flash movie and the Flash advertisement. So when
I want to my son wants to watch iCarly, it’s not full screen. If I press the full screen button, it makes the ad for Wizards 101 full screen. However, the Boxee team has a history of frequent updates and I suspect it will be addressed soon.
There are so many other things that make Boxee cool: 1080p, an iPhone app, built in web server, a full keyboard remote, so many codecs, 2 USB ports for local drives, free apps, built in web browser, SMB and DLNA support and no subscriptions fees necessary.
Even though the D-Link Boxee Box is very cool, you don’t need it to enjoy Boxee. The Boxee software is totally free. If you check it out you can follow me on Boxee: JimmyJett.